Photo essay Monday!

I spent most of Saturday working in the garden & yesterday afternoon enjoying the fruits of my labor.Β  Everything is planted now EXCEPT the things that don’t like the temps below 45 (tomatoes & peppers).

The row in front is my beautiful garlic, after that is yellow onions, followed by a row of spinach. the empty looking row is not actually empty – it has green onions & radishes, and then the next row is peas. There is a second row of peas behind it (they are not up yet) then 2 rows of beens, and then three rows of varying greens mixed with carrots & beets (they are all sprouting, they’re just not showing up in photos yet – kinda shy). The middle section of the garden is mostly empty except for the broccoli. The back section of the garden is 1/2 corn & 1/2 experimental stuff – things I’ve never grown but thought might be cool. I have two rows of black beans, a row of brussels sprouts & a row of leeks. Once stuff starts going away in the fall, I’m going to plant some cabbage-y things (kale, probably) as winter cover & winter veggies. Although no kale in the green smoothies!

The tree in front is a Hawthorne tree given to us by a neighbor. The raised box on the left is my squash box (butternut, acorn, pumpkins, yellow summers, zucchini & cucumbers), and the one on the right is wildflowers. The sticky-up parts are the under construction grape/hops arbor.

This is my herb garden – visible right now: sage in the bottom left, rosemary & oregano in the center, mint in the middle right, thyme at the top right, some random flowers that ended up here. Not visible – the basil (too cold!) the parsley (not up yet) and the cilantro (too cold!).

Strawberry & rhubarb! Also lavender, tulips, some grasses, daffodils, a rose at the top. That’s all my edibles except for the blueberries, which I failed to photograph.

So – on to random pretty pics:

I will probably post more pics as the veggies get bigger & the front fills in a bit (it’s just a baby front garden – this is it’s 2nd spring – so it’s a bit patchy yet).

And, because I’ve been promising for weeks – the big tattoo reveal:

The shadows are a little odd on my back – there isn’t actually a giant bruise-colored cloud coming out of my gazelle’s mouth, but yeah, he’s totally kicking up a dust cloud ’cause he’s running so fast!

Recent Comments

  • Elisabeth
    April 20, 2009 - 11:31 am ·

    I am ridiculously jealous of your garden! Ugh! I need a lawn already! How satisfying would it be to walk out to the garden and snip off some herbs to cook with??!! Jealous. Very, very jealous.

  • RunToFinish
    April 20, 2009 - 12:06 pm ·

    OHH look at that lovely tattoo!!!

    ok..I have been considering a garden. I really want one in fact, I’m just trying to figure out how much time I need for one, I mean I can’t even fit in yoga with my current training…so do I have time for a garden? Please tell me do I? πŸ™‚

    • gazelle
      April 21, 2009 - 12:47 pm ·

      I think that if your hubs was willing to pitch in occasionally, too, you’d definitely have time if it was a priority. My big non-work priorities are running & gardening, and gardening always beat out yoga (running beats gardening) – but I love, love, love to garden, and one of my criteria when we were looking for our house was space to put in a large garden. I expand it every year, and maybe in 5 years, we won’t have a yard anymore! just flowers & food.

  • kristen
    April 20, 2009 - 12:09 pm ·

    I love it! You gave me a good idea to post my garden too. It’s so rewarding isn’t it. Yours is much bigger than mine and you definitely are more brave (or at least more experienced). Yummy!! Can’t wait to see them grow.

    • gazelle
      April 21, 2009 - 12:47 pm ·

      I like to experiment – this is about 4x more garden than I had last year, but it seriously is one of my passions!

      I’d love to see your garden pics!

  • Sarah
    April 20, 2009 - 12:24 pm ·

    Your garden is fantatsic!! I’m loving it πŸ™‚ And it makes me want to go outside!!! Right now. Stupid job that I’m so lucky to have! haha

  • Alisa
    April 20, 2009 - 1:03 pm ·

    Wow, look at all that yummy stuff! I want a garden =). Though I don’t have much of green thumb so Justin will have to do the majority of the work =).

    Can’t wait to hear all about your yummy summer green treats.

    Yay for your Gazelle, I love it! (especially the dust!)

  • Carolina John
    April 20, 2009 - 3:02 pm ·

    Nice garden sister! love it. everything is looking good. i’m supposed to put my tomatoes and peppers in the ground as soon as i get back to south carolina. got about 70 plants total just in tom’s and pep’s. wowza.

    • gazelle
      April 21, 2009 - 12:49 pm ·

      that is a whole lot of tomatoes & peppers! I have 13 plants this year, which is about 3x last year. I’m expanding slowly.

    • gazelle
      April 21, 2009 - 12:50 pm ·

      I love our neighborhood, although I do wish (sometimes) that I was closer to the city center. It’s nice to live in a city AND have a yard!

    • gazelle
      April 22, 2009 - 1:17 pm ·

      I love the gardening. Yesterday I saw a baby bean being born (it just pushed itself out of the dirt & uncurled right while I was watching – the miracle of birth is amazing).

  • Emily
    April 21, 2009 - 7:32 pm ·

    OMG. I am so jealous. You have everything you could ever need in those boxes! (I love the squash box, kind of like a squak box?)

    But really, so sooooooo jealous. Once I get my own I’m going to pick your brain. Please post pics of your rain barrels and any composting contraptions that you have. I love it!

    • gazelle
      April 22, 2009 - 1:17 pm ·

      It is just like a squak box! although the architect thinks it sounds vaguely pornographic.

      I will do another photo essay Monday with rain barrels & compost bins (and I have plans for my bins, which the architect built, and am working on rain barrel plans).

      I love gardening AND trying new things. I don’t have a 100% success rate (last year, I had a mole that destroyed a lot of stuff – if he shows up this year, he will DIE), but I have a great time & we get a LOT of great food.

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